White House going nuclear on Netanyahu


White House going nuclear on Netanyahu

From: the New York Post, By Michael Goodwin, January 24, 2015

Bibi + Obama 5

Thou shall not cross Dear Leader.

With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile.

“He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave,” one Obama aide told an Israeli newspaper. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”

It is pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain said about trying to teach a pig to sing: It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Still, the fury is telling. It reminds, as if we could forget, that everything is always about Obama.

How dare Israel be more concerned with the existential threat of Iranian nukes than with Obama’s feelings? And what do members of Congress think they are, a separate branch of government or something?

Yes, the presidency deserves respect, even when the president doesn’t. Although Obama routinely ignores lawmakers and their role in our constitutional system of checks and balances, there is an argument afoot that Congress should have taken the high road and consulted him before inviting Netanyahu.

The argument has a point — but not a compelling one. To give Obama veto power over the visit would be to put protocol and his pride before the most important issue in the world.

That is Iran’s march to nuclear weapons, and Obama’s foolish complicity. His claim at the State of the Union that “we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material” would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous. The claim earned him three ­Pinocchios, with four being an outright whopper, by The Washington Post.

Outside the president’s yes-men circle, nobody believes the mad mullahs will voluntarily give up their quest for the bomb. International sanctions made life difficult for the regime, especially with oil prices cratering, but Obama ­relaxed restrictions with nothing to show for it except negotiations where he keeps bidding against himself.

He is desperate for a deal, and the Iranians know it, so they want to keep talking. They are gaining concessions and buying time, which means a reversal of their weapons program becomes much harder to achieve.

The ticking doomsday clock is what led to the remarkable comments by Democrat Robert ­Menendez. After Obama warned that more sanctions, even if they would not take effect unless the talks collapsed, could scare off the Iranians, the New Jersey senator said Obama was repeating talking points that “come straight out of Tehran.”

That’s a zinger for the ages — and has the added advantage of being true.

Any deal that leaves Iran with a capacity to make a nuke in weeks or months will ignite a regional arms race. As I have noted, American military and intelligence officials believe a nuclear-armed Iran will lead to a nuclear exchange with Israel or Arab countries within five years.

Israel has the most to lose from an Iranian nuke, and ­Netanyahu can be expected to articulate a forceful argument against Obama’s disastrous course. That’s why House Speaker John Boehner invited him, and it’s why the president is so bent out of shape and refuses to meet with Netanyahu. He doesn’t want Americans to hear the other side.

But we must. And Congress must not shirk from its duty to demand a meaningful agreement with Iran, or none at all.

An extra layer of sanctions waiting in the wings is good backup, but another pending bill is more important. It would demand that any agreement come before the Senate for a vote.

Naturally, Obama opposes it, but that’s all the more reason why it is needed. As Ronald Reagan famously said about Soviet promises, “Trust but verify.”

So must it be with Iran and, sadly, our own president.


As we have come to expect, our president acts like a petulant child when he doesn’t get his way.

On second thought, even the word “petulant” doesn’t really do him justice, “spoiled brat” fits his demeanor much more accurately. There, I’m glad I clarified that editorial comment.


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10 Responses to White House going nuclear on Netanyahu

  1. Crawfish says:

    It just got worse.
    Multiple sources this morning say part of Obama’s 2012 campaign team has arrived in Israel to assist the anti-Bibi campaign……..
    …….but Obama won’t receive him at the White Mosque because he doesn’t want to interfere in the Israeli elections.

    • Garnet92 says:

      All reports are that Oshithead is incensed! This may be the one thing that we can credit to Boehner – it’s the only thing that he’s done right in forever. I can just see Oshithead on the floor, arms flailing away in anger. I just wish he’d hold his breath for a day or two. Thanks for the update Craw!

  2. Kathy says:

    It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when Congress has to talk to our allies in order to get to the truth on Iran, because they can’t get it from our president.

    Side stepping O is a small poke in the eye compared to the 6 years he’s ignored them. Spoiled brat is right, and sending his campaign team to Israel is the hissy fit.

    • Garnet92 says:

      But Kathy, Odingbat is only trying to make nice with Iran so they will halt their nuclear ambitions and dissolve their armed forces – following his lead in the U.S.

      We (everyone in the world) knows that he is getting punked by the Mullahs, everybody but him.

      Frankly, I didn’t think that Boehner had the balls to do this without getting O’s approval – I’m surprised.

  3. CW says:

    Fantastic essay by Michael Goodwin, Garnet. Thanks for posting it.

    Goodwin said, “[Obama] doesn’t want Americans to hear the other side.”

    That statement is so true and it applies to every issue Obama & Co. involve themselves in. A person with a defensible argument welcomes debate. A leftist who relies on lies and misinformation to advance his agenda wants no part of debate. Pretty soon we’ll be hearing that “the debate is over” on Iran so that Obama can present the ILLUSION of debate, just as he does with his climate change scheme.

    Personally I make it an unwritten rule never to ask for someone’s opinion unless I’m willing to let myself be persuaded by what they advise me, so Boehner was both within his rights and of sound mind in deciding to skip consultation with the WH. Why would you seek the opinion of a WH that clearly is not looking out for the interests of this nation?

    • Garnet92 says:

      Thanks CW, but you know that to Obumbles, there IS no other side, it’s HIS side or the OUTside.

      CW, you are much too intelligent and logical to compare yourself to Obumbles, he just isn’t capable of seeing any side but HIS side. I don’t know whether he learned that from his mentors or if it’s a hereditary absence of brain function, but logical thinking and common sense are apparently absent from his mental capabilities.

      He IS a spoiled brat in an adult body.

  4. Clyde says:

    Sending his CAMPAIGN team to Israel ? What a f- – – ing idiot. Do they REALLY think Obama is popular with the average Israeli ? Pray tell WHAT are they going to find about BiBi the Israeli public doesn’t already know ? Good grief, these goddamned children. I guess if they can’t find shit, they’ll make shit up.

  5. tannngl says:

    So, Obama is interfering with Netanyahu’s election? Not much different than all the eruptions our prez caused in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq…
    Oh, snap! those were dictatorships.
    Israel is a representative democracy.
    He’s trying to unseat a leader in a democracy?

    Thanks, Garnet. This is important and very well written. Glad you posted it.

    • upaces88 says:

      He is a bloody fool to do this. I am so disgusted I can’t say anything worthwhile.
      I don’t even know where to start!

  6. Hardnox says:

    He promised both Mubarak and Gaddafi that their time was short. Supposedly that was payback for them not kissing his skinny ass properly. I suppose he told the same thing to Netanyahu.

    What a punk. I hope he fails. Hopefully the Israelis see through this scheme.

    I’m delighted that Boehner invited Netanyahu and it tickles me that it rankles King Putt.